Well, I had to wait two days since calling, but today was the day I was going to meet up with at the diner. As I was walking there I took my time since I still had fifteen minutes. As I walked I was thinking of what to get Jay for Christmas. Last Christmas the paranoia of someone following us kept the both of us from going outside too much, so we did'nt bother with presents. But it could'nt hurt to get Jay something later while I was here.
The route I was taking was near several trees of the forest. I felt a bit uneasy walking by them but I figured as long as I did'nt look at them I would be safe enough (That and having the camera around my neck felt a tiny bit comforting...somehow). But then I stopped. I'm not sure why I did, or why I turned my gaze to the forest. I felt as if something was there, but I don't know what. It felt as if my body had a mind of it's own and I felt I was about to take a few steps towards the trees, untill I heard a voice call my name.
"Rebecca? Rebecca Kralie?", I looked in the direction of the voice and saw a curly, blonde haired smiling boy, with a small goatee.
"Hi, um...", I was'nt too sure who he was. I was sure I knew him but I could'nt put my finger on it.
"Remember? It's me, Seth. We went to Senior Prom together", he prompted, while I tried hard to remember.
"Yeah", Seth grinned, happy that I finally remembered him.
"Wow, um. Good to see you, Seth. I have'nt seen you since graduation. So how's life treating you?", I asked.
"Pretty okay. Working at my dad's electronic store. You?"
"I'm...I'm okay. Some days have been better, some worser", I replied.
"Well, I just saw you, and I thought I'd say hi. Are you okay though? You were looking at the trees?", Seth asked and I glanced back at the woods. There was'nt anything that looked out of place so I just ignored the feeling I had earlier and said,
"I'm okay. Nothing to worry about", I mumbled before coughing a little.
"So um, how long you here for?", Seth asked, putting his hands in his pockets, trying to act casual.
"Um, I gunna be gone before Christmas, that's for sure", I answered, which seemed to make Seth frown a little.
"Oh, well if that's the case, I was just wondering if maybe you want to hang out before then? Maybe get some drinks-"
"I-I really can't. I'm just here on buisness, I can't really, but thanks anyway", I said quickly before adding, "look, I have to talk to someone now, so I have to go".
"Right, well er...see you 'round, I guess", Seth mumbled as I walked past quickly.
The diner was old, and by the looks of it has been around since the fifties. I looked around and did'nt see anyone who looked like they were waiting for me so I just sat down at a empty booth and waited. I just hoped would see me.
"Do you want anything?", asked a waitress, who looked about as excited to be here as a kid in school. Then again, I'm sure that could be said for most people in jobs they don't like.
"Just a glass of water please".
I kept my eyes on the door, tapping my nails in a non repetative rhythm, and when the waitress came back with my water I just handed her five dollars and told her to keep the change, which seemed to surprise her but brought a crooked grin to her face. I did'nt plan to be here long, and I hopped I would'nt have to be here so long I would have to buy a second.
It was only while I was taking a sip of water that I heard someone say,
"Rebecca Kralie?", I looked up and saw a doctor who I had to guess had at least just turned sixty, and had a few flecks of blonsish brown in his hair. Wrinkles were clear accross his face, even as he smiled.
"Yes, are you Dr. Alexiel?"
"Indeed I am", he answered as he sat down accross from me. "It's good to see your...doing fine, you look pale though", he noted.
"I-it's nothing, doctor. Look, I already told you why I asked you here", I said and the old man nodded his head solemnly.
"Yes, about ten years ago. What I'm curious about however is how you found out?"
"Um, a memory came up. Not going to say what it was though", I quickly told the first lie I could think of. I did'nt think it would be a good idea to give the real reason.
"Well, what do you want to know?", Dr. Alexiel asked.
"Well, I already read my medical reports and I was wondering if there was anything else that happened that was'nt mentioned?" The doctor held his hands together and looked like he was thinking, trying to remember anything at all.
"Well, I remember that we did do tests but they all came back negative for what we thought you might have had. In fact physically you were healthy as any ten year old. Well, except for maybe a possible slight concussion".
"Well, mentally speaking you seemed a bit...disturbed. We first thought that you had been sexually assaulted but there was no signs of anything having been done". paused before adding, "I remember the times when you were kept over night, you kept insisting that there be a light on at all times, and that you once bit one of the nurses hands when she tried to take a flashlight away from you and get you in a MRI machine".
I bit my lower lip a little and let everything sink in.
"Right, I see. Um, I found out there was a psychologist named, . Do you know anything about her?", I asked.
"I think your parents mentioned her once or twice. I don't really know anything about her".
I just nodded my head a little before giving into a loud cough, gulping some of my water down when I had finished. frowned, a look of concern on his face.
"Are you okay? That sounds like a nasty cough".
"I-it's nothing", I muttered.
"Are you sure? I can take a lo-"
"No! No, I'm fine, thank you", I cut off before clearing my throat. I decided to ask one last question before I left. "Was there ever a guy in a suit nearby that was tall and bald?"
"Well, I don't recall anyone like that, although you did mumble about him once or twice. The police thought that it was the man who kidnapped you, but there were'nt any other leads", he answered.
"Right. Well, that's all I need to ask. Thanks for your time", I said as I stood up.
"Do you want to know where is? I'm sure the hospital might tell you where she is?"
"No, it's okay. I already got her number, but thank you anyway"
"Well, goodbye then", shuck my hand before we left the diner and went our seperate ways.
I decided to avoid the route near the trees this time. I tried to convince myself that I was'nt being paranoid and that I just felt like going a different route back to the hotel. While I walked, I felt as if I had forgotten something, but I was'nt sure what it was.
When I got back to the hotel I began the work of uploading my video footage to my laptop, making a slight edit with adding narration and removing footage that was'nt necessary, like Seth and only leaving in the talking with . When I was finished and waited for it to upload onto Youtube, I sat on my bed and began to think. What was it I could have forgotten?
I groaned when I finally realised what I had forgotten and quickly grabbed my phone and dialed my Aunt Edna's number and waited less then a minutes for her to answer.
"Hey, Aunt Edna. It's me, Rebecca. Look there was something I forgot to ask you when I was over".
"What do you want to know?", Aunt Edna asked.
"During the time I was missing, or somewhere before and after July, was there ever a tall guy in a suit that was bald?"
"I...don't know. Um, there were some drawing you did though. I don't remember anything else though".
"Are you okay?" My aunt sounded like she was a little worried. Did I seem to emit my anxiety or something?
"...No reason. Talk to you soon?"
"Yeah, talk to you soon", I hung up and laid back on my bed. It was only now I was wondering if any of this was a good idea? Nothing bad had happened to me. Except for maybe a couple of hallucinations, and Masky breaking into my hotel. But I was still going to note that down as my mind fucking with me.
I checked my laptop and saw that the video was finally uploaded. I looked out the window as I planned on what to do next. I would deffinetly go and talk to . I just had to be lucky that she will talk to me, and meet with me if she was close enough.
I looked outside the window, making out the trees over the horizon of the building accross the street. I felt that it might be a good idea to look there. During the day of course. Nothing bad could possibly happen to me during the day. It was only at night, that monsters and fiends could come out, guarded by the darkness.
I talked with today. Some of the symptoms I had in July of 2000 are very similar to what I have now. I'm not sure what I can do about it though.
It might sound crazy, and Jay's ability to decide without thinking of going to creepy places may have rubbed off on me, because I'm thinking of going to the forest tommorow. In the diary there was a drawing of a cabin, and if I'm correct, there was an old one there a couple years ago. Maybe it's still there?
I only hope I'll make through my remaing time here before it's time to head back to Jay.
...But should I go? I got into this mess because I wanted to find Alex. Then again, Alex tried to run, and aparently that did'nt seem to work for him, so it probably won't work for me.
...I am so screwed...
I have'nt seen Masky in the last couple of days. Maybe it really all was a hallucination?